A story about one all-inclusive resort, the ghost of an unknown father, and the tragedies we can’t forget.
What’s it like when everyone’s dream vacation is your job? Ameera works at a Mexican all-inclusive resort, where every day is paradise — if “paradise” means endless paperwork, quotas to meet, and entitled tourists. But it’s not all bad: Ameera’s pastime of choice is the swingers’ scene, and the resort is the perfect place to hook up with like-minded couples without all the hassle of ever having to see them again.
Despite Ameera’s best efforts to keep her sideline a secret, someone is spreading scandalous rumours about her around the resort, and her job might be at stake. Meanwhile, she’s being plagued by her other secret, the big unknown of her existence: the identity of her father and why he disappeared. Unbeknownst to Ameera, her father, Azeez, is looking for her, and they both must come to terms with the reason he abandoned her.
A moving new work from award-winning author Farzana Doctor, All Inclusive blurs the lines between the real world and paradise, and life and death.
Praise for All Inclusive:
Ambitious, original, mysterious, sensual, All Inclusive is all that — and a terrific read to boot. —Toronto Star
An ambitious, thematically voracious novel on love and the wounds we didn’t know we had. —Globe & Mail
In the worlds that Farzana Doctor creates, ordinary people are wondrous and complicated, and all these things that divide us — countries, professions, sexualities, genders, races — are mere distractions from what truly matters. Her stories ring true enough to think our world could be that way too. One can only hope.—Daily Xtra
All Inclusive is a page turner, and Doctor is a deliciously evocative writer.—Literary Review of Canada
“By turns funny, moving, thoughtful, and erotic, All Inclusive is a powerful meditation on life, love, and loss. Farzana Doctor spins a passionate, page-turning tale about the sometimes invisible ties that bind. This is brilliant storytelling.” –Terry Fallis, Canada Reads and Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal-winning author of The Best Laid Plans
“Farzana Doctor’s original, provocative new novel seduces (and challenges) readers on every page. I fell in-love with Ameera: her energy, her bravery, her refusal to be judged or classified. All Inclusive is Doctor’s best—and sexiest!—novel yet.” –Angie Abdou, Canada Reads finalist and McEwan Book of the Year –winning author of The Bone Cage
“Her outstanding characterization and the depth of language establish the importance of Farzana Doctor’s writing. In her startling and evocative description of the lives of people in the tourist industry, All Inclusive is more than just a title.” — Austin Clarke, Giller Prize–winning author of The Polished Hoe